Hulu has an episode of the classic “Mary Tyler Moore Show” about a woman who does not want Mary’s friend Rhoda (Valerie Harper) to come to her club because she is Jewish. The woman is played by Mary Frann, who would go on to play the wife of innkeeper Dick Loudon in “Newhart.” It is worth watching the show today to begin a conversation with older kids and teens about what has and has not changed and what they think about the way Mary responded when she found out why Rhoda was not welcome at the club. What would you do?
“Black Love Stories in Film: Where is the Romance?”
The Kansas City public library is hosting a panel discussion with filmmakers, actors and industry insiders to discuss Hollywood’s take on black love in movies. This panel discussion draws from contemporary films as well as the earliest days of cinema history in order to provide a complete perspective on how African Americans have been portrayed in film when it comes to romance and love.
The Kansas City Public Library
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
Program: 6:30 p.m.
RSVP: kclibrary.org 816.701.3407
Diallo Javonne, French Filmmaker
Shawn Edwards, Fox 4 News Film Critic
Jenee Osterheldt, Kansas City Star Lifestyle Columnist
Damon Smith, Ink Relationship Columnist
Tasha Smith, “The Unreal Housewives of Kansas City” Actress
Sean Tyler, Hot 103 Jamz Radio Personality
Sharita Hutton Fox 4 News Anchor/Reporter
How well do you know the characters on “The Office?” Try our Idol Chatter quiz about religion on the hit series about paper company Dunder Mifflin. Like most American workplaces, this one includes employees with an assortment of views about religion and the quiz is not just a lot of fun but a thoughtful reminder of how easy it is to be carelessly inconsiderate of others’ beliefs and how much we can draw from a broader understanding of faiths and traditions.
New York Magazine has a great compendium of the worst movies of last year and they were nice enough to ask me for my choices.
All About Steve was the worst movie of the year. The films that made me feel I could hear my brain cells melt as I watched were Next Day Air, I Love You, Beth Cooper, Old Dogs, and Miss March.
As always, there were some on other lists I wished I had included like “Law Abiding Citizen” and “The Ugly Truth.” As always, there were some on other lists that I actually enjoyed like “Paper Hearts” and “Away We Go.” And it wouldn’t be a worst list if it didn’t have some contrarian provocateurs who just like to go after the big movies that are on everyone else’s ten best lists — there were some votes for “Precious,” “Up in the Air,” and “Avatar.”
It is one of the perverse pleasures of the job that I get to see more truly awful films than most people. But if you saw something truly terrible this year, I’d be glad to hear about it.